2007 Community Grantees

College Spark’s 2007 grant recipients are listed below by region.  Some programs serve several locations or the entire state of Washington.

Map of Washington

Statewide

Center for Native Education at Antioch University (statewide) -- $190,860 over two years to support the formation of a coalition including Antioch and six community colleges. The coalition will provide support to schools participating in the Early College for Native Youth program. Funding will be distributed to the following community college partners:

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (statewide) -- $50,000 to develop a college readiness guidance model aimed at promoting rigorous coursework and increasing the number of low-income students who graduate from high school and enroll in college without needing remediation. 

Washington MESA (statewide) -- $100,000 to expand services aimed at lengthening student participation and increasing the number of MESA seniors entering college and to implement an evaluation plan to gauge program effectiveness.

Eastern

Eastern Washington University (Cheney) -- $49,988 to research issues affecting low-income and first generation students at Eastern Washington University and to identify interventions to increase retention rates among those students.

Northwest Leadership Foundation (Tacoma and Spokane) -- $30,000 to conduct an evaluation of the Act Six program which aims to increase the retention and completion rates of selected students attending Whitworth College in Spokane, WA.

Northwest

Antioch University (Auburn) -- $36,040 for academic supports to help students at the Muckleshoot Tribal College pass the tests required to become a certified teacher.

Northwest Leadership Foundation (Tacoma and Spokane) -- $30,000 to conduct an evaluation of the Act Six program which aims to increase the retention and completion rates of selected students attending Whitworth College in Spokane, WA.

NW Educational Service District 189 (Anacortes) --$54,542 to fund a program assisting low-income migrant students and their families to develop goals and plans for postsecondary education.

Seattle Education Access (Seattle) -- $80,000 over two years to double the number of students served annually to 160, build the organization’s fundraising capacity, and increase the amount of time spent coaching, advising and providing academic tutoring for each student.

Seattle University (Seattle) -- $98,328 over three years to fund a project matching college students with low-income, first-generation middle and high school students in King County to provide ongoing mentoring and tutoring.  

Technology Access Foundation (TAF) (Seattle) -- a $50,000 grant to increase support to TAF alumni enrolled in college, increase capacity of the Higher Ed Bound program, and support activities around integrating the program into a future TAF Academy. 

University of Washington Foundation (Renton, Seattle & Tukwila) -- $60,000 over three years to further develop the Dream Project, a mentoring program matching UW students with first-generation and low-income high school students. Mentors will provide tutoring, assist with college and financial aid applications, and coordinate college visits and campus events for students and parents. 

Western Washington University (Bellingham) -- $75,000 to fund a program to re-engage low-income students who have left WWU and are 40 credits or less away from degree completion. Services include assistance with re-enrollment, financial aid and scholarships, mentoring and other supports.

YMCA - Snohomish County (Everett) -- $20,000 to implement the Minority Achievers Program (MAP) at North Middle School. The college-readiness program includes assistance with homework, college admissions and financial aid; college and university visits; mentoring and career exploration; parent support and involvement; scholarships; and a summer camp designed to expose minority and immigrant youth to science careers.

North Central

Central Washington University (Ellensburg) -- $246,570 over three years to pair college students as mentors/tutors with students in seven low-income school districts in the Okanogan Valley.

Wenatchee School District (Wenatchee) -- $89,009 over three years to implement a college-readiness program aimed at raising academic achievement through rigorous coursework, mentoring, college exposure activities, parent support, individual tutoring and weekly classes on test taking, study skills, career planning, college-readiness and confidence building.

Olympic

Saint Martin's University (Lacey) -- $30,900 to expand a program that orients students and families to college resources, introduces students to faculty and peer mentors, and promotes reading, writing and critical thinking skills to help ease the transition to college.

The Evergreen State College Foundation (Olympia) -- $50,000 to build a rigorous evaluation system within Gateways for Incarcerated Youth --an initiative aimed at reducing juvenile recidivism rates through education-- to assess program effectiveness and support long-term sustainability.

Southwest

Educational Service District 112 (Vancouver) -- $ 10,000 to participate in an evaluation project assessing mentoring models that pair college students with low-income middle and high school students.

South Central

Central Washington University (Ellensburg) -- $246,570 over three years to pair college students as mentors/tutors with students in seven low-income school districts in the Okanogan Valley.

Heritage University (Toppenish) -- $84,198 over three years to support development of a mentoring model aimed at increasing the number of low-income community college students transferring to four-year institutions.